Leadership Inspirations Activities

Group Juggle

Learn each other’s names while juggling different objects

Duration

10-20 minutes

Team Stage

Forming

Type Of Activity

Icebreaker, Energizer

Materials

A Couple Of Balls Or Objects (Safe To Throw)

 

SUMMARY

In this activity, participants will learn each other’s names while trying to pass an object around the circle.

 

SET UP

  • Have everyone stand next to each other in a circle.

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Give a tennis ball or other small object to one person.
  • They say the name of the person they want to throw the ball to. That person throws the ball to another person, saying their name.
  • The group repeats the process until the ball is returned to the first person. Participants need to remember who they passed the ball to for the next round.
  • Then, challenge the group to go as fast as they can, while continuing to say each other’s names in the same order as before. Do this several times, each time encouraging the group to go faster.
  • Facilitator Note: At some point, someone may ask if they can move out of the circle, you just repeat that they need to go in the same order and go as fast as they can. It doesn’t break any rules – but leave that up for the group to decide to explore.

VARIATIONS

  • Have the group go in reverse of the original order of names.
  • After the ball has been passed through 3-4 people, add another ball or object. This usually results in confusion. Participants will have to slow down in order to complete the activity.

SAMPLE DEBRIEFING QUESTIONS

What?
  • What was the goal of this activity?
  • Did your group do well? What could have improved?
  • How did your group make decisions? Was it effective or ineffective?
  • How did your group manage conflict that arose?
So What?

Group Dynamics

  • What are the traits that make someone successful on this team? What are the traits that make someone unsuccessful on this team?
  • What motivates our group?
  • How does our group dynamic affect the way we get work done?

Inclusion and Involvement

  • What does it mean to be inclusive or exclusive?
  • What did we do as a group that was inclusive? That was exclusive/not inclusive?
  • Why is inclusion and involvement important for our group?
Now What?
  • What does this activity tell you about the strengths of your group? The areas for improvement?
  • What’s one commitment each person can make?
  • What are three lessons the group has learned that they can continue to work on?
  • How can we implement these lessons in our school/organization?
  • What can you do differently moving forward?